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Nick Colionne – Finger Painting

Music is often compared with the kindred fine arts, with painting. The overall impression is created by the combination of several color layers comparable to the complex chords of a piece of music. What could be more obvious than Nick calling his latest album Finger Painting.

The album was released April 24, 2020 on the label Trippin ‘n Rhythm. The cover was created by Bettie Grace Miner, which in a sophisticated way combines photography and painting. Producers and keyboardists Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis, James Lloyd (from Pieces of a Dream) and John Blasucci are supporting this project like his previous album Just Being Me (2018).

The album opens with Let’s Get Serious, the first single release of the album. In his usual manner, Nick serves us a skillful mixture of full-bodied jazz fused with R&B groove. When Circles starts with the rhythm guitar, one estimates some edgy funk, but quickly turns the character in a fluently smooth jazz guitar drive.

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Nick Colionne – Finger Painting

Chicago’s best dressed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne released his first albums It’s My Turn (1994), Arrival (1996) and The Seduction (1999) on the Lake Shore Jazz label, followed by Just Come On In (2003), Keepin’ It Cool (2006), and No Limits (2008). Feel The Heat (2011), Influences (2014) and The Journey (2016) are released on Trippin & Rhythm. Now he returns on the same label with Finger Painting (2020).

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Nick Colionne – Just Being Me

If the term entertainer had not yet been invented, then it would have to be created for the guitarist Nick Colionne. The best dressed musician under God’s sun is like a natural event onstage.

His new album Just Being Me is just released in April, 2018, on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records. Nick has written two songs, producers and keyboardists Chris “Big Dog” Davis and James Lloyd the other songs. The album also contains a song written by Holland, Dozier and Holland.

Further supporting musicians are John Blasucci (keyboards & programming), Garret Body (bass), Tom Hipskind (drums) and Buff (Tony) Burnette (vocals). Just Being Me is the self-confident answer that guitarist Nick Colionne gives us. With overflowing power he spreads the statement of everything will be fine.

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Nick Colionne – Just Being Me

Chicago’s best dressed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne released his first albums It’s My Turn (1994), Arrival (1996) and The Seduction (1999) on the Lake Shore Jazz label followed by Just Come On In (2003), Keepin’ It Cool (2006), and No Limits (2008). Feel The Heat (2011), Influences (2014) and The Journey (2016) are released on Trippin & Rhythm. Now he is back with Just Being Me on the same label.

Guest musicians are producer and keyboardist Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis and keyboard wizard James Lloyd, who are also producing and writing some of the new tracks. The album offers ten new tracks, almost originals with the exception of a cover of Marvin Gaye’s hit How Sweet It Is.

The album is scheduled for release April 27, 2018 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.

Nick Colionne – The Journey

Chicago’s best dressed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne released his first albums It’s My Turn (1994), Arrival (1996) and The Seduction (1999) on the Lake Shore Jazz label followed by Just Come On In (2003), Keepin’ It Cool (2006), and No Limits (2008). Feel The Heat (2011) and Influences (2014) are released on Trippin & Rhythm. Now he is back with The Journey (2016) on the same label.

Among the big names on this album are saxophonists Najee and Darren Rahn, keyboardist/producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis, keyboardists Nicholas Cole and James Lloyd.

The album starts in full swing with the title song. Nick brings his Epiphone The Broadway in the forefront and raises a cool melody even with some improvisation on top. Buckle Up shines with a great horn section and outstanding sax and the rhythm is a funky addition. Nick gets from the horn players the tendency to tell a story like a vocalist and that makes his songs so full of tension.

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Nick Colionne – The Journey

Nick Colionne The Journey

Chicago is a fountain for smooth jazz artists with big talent. Among those talents one can find a bird of paradise. Renowned jazz guitarist Nick Colionne is the best-dressed musician always clad in colorful suits. But these garments aren’t satisfying no other purpose than the enjoyment of doing it, they are Nick’s trademark signaling his musical stardom.

His first albums It’s My Turn, Arrival and The Seduction were released on the Lake Shore Jazz label followed by Just Come On In (2003), Keepin’ It Cool (2006), and No Limits (2008). His album Feel The Heat (2011) and Influences (2014) were released on Trippin & Rhythm.

The Journey is scheduled for release April 1, 2016 on the same label. You can pre-order the album at Amazon.com.

Various Artists – The Ultimate Smooth Jazz Number 1’s Vol 3

610p12HUqnL._SY355_Following the huge success of previous Volumes 1 and 2, Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm presents another collection of its most recents chart topping hits with The Ultimate Smooth Jazz Number 1’s Vol 3. Vol 3 starts with the most prolific artist in the Smooth Jazz format known as Paul Hardcastle. Not only did Paul reach #1 on the US Billboard chart with “Soft Rain”, the album which the single was taken Jazzmasters VII hit #1 on the contemporary smooth jazz album billboard chart and also #1 on the album Jazz chart simultaneously.

Next up on the collection is one of the hottest female artists in the format Cindy Bradley, her latest US Billboard hit single Riverside Jive is taken from the new release Bliss. This young lady has taken our format by storm in recent years, her list of accolades extend yearly including the win of the Brass player of the year beating the formidable Chris Botti in the running for the award. We follow with guitarist Nick Colionne with “Got To Keep It Movin”, a single which was top of the Billboard charts for 3 weeks running, this guy knows how to keep he’s audience grooving. Since the passing of the one and only bass guitarist Wayman Tisdale, Bass guitarist Julian Vaughn seems to have what it takes the follow in the steps of the late great Wayman, once again Julian Vaughn comes with this Billboard hit single “Ju Ju’s Groove”. His live funky performances set the stage alight and is not one to be missed.

No collection would be complete without the one in only guitarist Tim Bowman, this smash hit Billboard single “Let It Shine” reached #1 and stayed there for 6 weeks. The list goes on with great artists and hit singles by Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm, Vol 3 is as smooth and funky as it gets and is a perfect follow on from the previous two Volumes. So whether you have followed the lot or just dipping in, we can assure you will be entertained with the best selection of hits from any label around. Here at Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm we try to set the trend in keeping things fresh and funky, and the Smooth Jazz #1 s is the best place to start. Get it now at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz Festival Mallorca 2014

The smooth jazz community is international. One likes to travel to faraway places to meet with like-minded people. So you can enjoy not only the concerts of popular artists but exchanges views among themselves. Many have formed friendships with each other and are also linked via Facebook or other platforms. This multiplies the impressions gained for all the senses, especially when one meets in such illustrious climes as the 5-star Protur Biomar Hotel in Sa Coma.

Concert promoter Christian Bößner had invited for the third time and they came to this outstanding event from many countries. We were particularly pleased to see so many American friends who had after all to cope with a wide approach path. And there were very prominent among them such as Melody Warren, who is very active with her JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine. She equipped many artists with her t-shirts which maps the logo of her magazine. We could also welcome Sandy Shore known by her website and radio station SmoothJazz.com.

Regulars at this festival include Jaume Nebot from Spain, the competent general manager for the Protur Hotels, Peter Boehi from Suisse, who has already written his personal impressions on his website Smooth Vibes, Sascha Brezina from Austria, who always comes closest to the artists with his camera, Michel Mathieu from France, Len Seward and his wife from London, UK, Hilde Jervsjø and husband from Norway, Andreas Büchel, Germany, who is responsible for all prints of this festival, and the list goes on and on.

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Nick Colionne – Influences

Chicago based guitarist Nick Colionne just released his new album Influences on Trippin’ N Rhythm Records. The death of his longtime partner and manager Carol Ray overshadowed the production of this project. The album is dedicated to her.

Heavily involved in the recording is Pieces of A Dream keyboardist James Lloyd, who also has written and produced several of the tunes. Furthermore credited are singer Maysa, keyboardists John Blasucci, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Tim Gant and Mike Logan, bass player Tony Brown and drummer Tom Hipskind.

Slammin’ means very attractive, wondrous, in style, cool, hip. All attributes are defining the starting tune of Nick’s new album. Got to Keep It Moving offers a throbbing bass rhythm, on which Nick develops his guitar ideas.

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Nick Colionne – Influences

InfluencesWell into his third decade of making the strings sing with his very own sweet Chicago soul, guitarist Nick Colionne digs deep as he takes musical stock of the people and things that helped propel his career and fully establish his place as one of the real cats, a cat that finds connection with his audience in a way that not many can.

Influences is a musical journey of self re-discovery, offering a palate of moods and flavors born of life experiences, challenges and the effect of the people past and present that have helped shape and mold his sound. Music can be the ultimate healer not only for the creator but also those of us who seek the escapism. Nick gets this and you immediately feel him from the opening strains as he provides lift with this feel good collection of new sides. His chops have never been more exacting, his melodies more exhilarating, his hooks more infectious.

Collaborating again with the great James Lloyd on ‘Pieces Of A Dream’ and inviting Maysa on the journey gives ‘Influences’ just the right amount of spice and pop, but in the end it is all about Nick as he bears his soul though this collection of musical chapters in this his latest book, one written with his strings and sings of the places he s been and the places he still has to go.

The lead single Got To Keep It Moving is certain to fire up his legions of fans and find its rightful place atop the radio charts. Never one to take what he has for granted, Colionne knows he has been blessed with a great gift and he will continue to share it as he connects with his fans through live performance in 2014 and share Influences in a way that only he can.

Pre-order the new album at Amazon.com.